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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution

Mission: Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives.

Results: Over the past 26 years, Arts Midwest has been committed to serving the nation’s thriving arts communities. Through our performing, visual, literary, and theater arts programs, we have supported arts initiatives in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. During the second year of the 2007–2009 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle, ensembles from Quebec, Israel, Mexico, and the Inner Mongolia Region of China reached 40,965 individuals, including 31,280 students in Midwestern communities. Additionally, in 2008–2009, Arts Midwest granted $540,318 to presenting organizations, and artists earned more than $3.5 million touring throughout the region through the Performing Arts Fund. These funds helped dance, music, and theater ensembles engage over 296,000 individuals, including over 138,000 youths through a variety of enriching public performances and educational activities. Arts Midwest also supported the arts community at the 2009 Midwest Arts Conference, with more than 900 attendees representing artists, presenting organizations, and service organizations. Attendees used this opportunity to gain knowledge about the performing arts industry, network with colleagues, and experience a variety of dynamic performances.

Target demographics: Our cultural programs reach more than one million people annually, serving communities across our nine member states, which include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Many of our programs extend beyond these borders to communities across the 50 states, and international to places like China, Egypt, and Chile- enhancing the quality of life in hundreds of cities, towns, and rural areas across the the world.

Programs: Arts Midwest World Fest, is a global education and outreach performing arts initiative.

The Midwest Arts Conference is an annual booking and educational conference for the performing arts.

The Performing Arts Fund is a funding program that supports performing arts touring and educational workshops.

ArtsLab is a capacity-building program for Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations in partnership with a consortia of Twin Cities foundations.

The arts learning Xchange is an audience development initiative for Twin Cities arts organizations.

Arts Midwest also manages an array of initiatives with the National Endowment for the Arts:

The Big Read is a literary reading program that supports innovative reading initiatives, lectures, and events in communities across the country.

Shakespeare in American Communities brings the inimitable works of William Shakespeare to communities across the nation.

NEA Jazz Masters Live is a series of concerts and conversations featuring acclaimed jazz musicians.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mauvais Sort came to Traverse City ,Michigan. They had workshops for students of all abilities. But the way they explained their music and the instruments they played was awesome to hear. The students that I brought to hear Mauvais Sort were quite disabled.. and the joy that these students got from listening to the music and the presentations was wonderful.Some students satill ask about them. The Midwest Art organization is the best kept secret for enriching lives. Whoever thought of this was a genius. Music and Art make life worth living.